Acembex was founded in 1970 as a joint venture between Tate & Lyle International (UK) and RAR - Refinarias de Açúcar Reunidas, S.A.R.L. The RAR Group acquired 100% of the company at the beginning of the 1980s.
Today Acembex is an international trading company providing logistics services and consultancy and maintains a leading position as one of the largest Portuguese grain and grain derivatives operators, moving about 750 thousand tons of raw material for the food and feed industry through the ports of mainland Portugal, Madeira and the Azores.
Operating in the very sensitive food chain area, Acembex, in partnership with some of its customers and suppliers, has implemented a series of control and traceability measures to the raw materials supply chain to ensure strict control of the quality of the product.
Acembex’s activities have been incorporated within the “SMETA - Sedex Members Ethical Trade Best Practice Guidance”, a good practice manual which emphasizes and reflects its sustainability policy. Acembex is also a member of various national and international organisations such as “GAFTA - The Grain and Feed Trade Association”. The company has successfully upgraded its Quality Management System from the ISO 9001:2000 to the ISO 9001:2015, maintaining the Quality and Food Security System under the “HACCP - Codex Alimentarius”.